Is keeping Armed Forces out of NAB law is democratic, questions CJP
Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Umar Ata Bandial has said that there were several flaws in the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) law as it was per law to detain anyone for 90 days just on the basis of the accusation.
A three-member bench of the Supreme Court, headed by Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial and including Justice Mansoor Ali Shah and Justice Ijazul Ahsan, heard the PTI’s petition against the recent amendments to the National Accountability Ordinance (NAO).
During the hearing, the apex court questioned the PTI to clear its stance on whether keeping the armed forces out of the domain of the accountability law was a democratic act and how despite being elected seeking decisions through street power instead of parliament served democracy.
Justice Mansoor Ali Shah said that even judges were not out of the NAB law sphere.
While giving an argument, Khawaja Haris - the lawyer for petitioner Imran Khan - said that the Supreme Court had declared amendments null and void in the Asfandyar Wali case. On that Justice Shah said that in the Asfandyar Wali case, the court had struck down the law because it was in violation of human rights.
Later the bench adjourned further hearing until Tuesday (today).